As reports start to surface that Vin Scully will announce Friday his plans of wanting to return for the 2014 season with the Dodgers — not unexpected, but now more official –, what made it into this week’s sports media column:
First impressions may not be lasting ones for those who’ve forced themselves to watch as much as Fox Sports 1 as humanly (and humanely) possible. But we tried it anyway.
What didn’t make it:
== Congrats to Bret Lewis, the former KNBC-Channel 4 sports anchor who is retiring after a 16-year run on the KFWB-AM (980) sports desk, with this link to Alan Oda’s piece on LARadio.com.
== From David Letterman’s Wednesday night monologue: “Last night, did you see the full moon? No, you didn’t, it was blacked-out by Time Warner. I don’t know if you know what’s going on but it’s week three now that the evil goons at Time Warner are blacking-out CBS all across the country. They say now that they’re actually having some talks between Time Warner and CBS and they say they are going well. Yeah, you know, like the talks between Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood. Here’s what I know about the people at Time Warner: They invented the remote control. You know sometimes you press in three digits on your remote control and only two come up on the screen? They invented that.”
== Not sure how this matters, but TWC says it will allow a free preview of Tennis Channel (Channel 473, as well as on the blacked out Channel 9) during the U.S. Open starting Monday. They also point out that matches will be available on ESPN2, CBS Sports Network and USOpen.org. Tennis Channel has 75 hours of live match coverage during the two weeks.
== Part of the FS1 programming: Live high school football. The opener is tonight, 7 p.m., with Montain Pointe (Ariz.) at Bishop Gorman (Nev.), called by Daron Sutton and Ben Leber. FS1 has two CIF-Southern Section games on its schedule — Edison at Mater Dei (Sept. 27, 7 p.m.) and St. John Bosco at Santa Margarita (Oct. 11, 7 p.m.), both of which will be re-aired on FSW or Prime Ticket afterward.
Meanwhile, the FSW/Prime high school schedule released this week starts with Hart at Santiago Corona (Aug. 30, delayed at 8:30 p.m., FSW) and includes Oaks Christian hosting Chaminade (Thursday, Sept. 19, FSW) and Westlake at Crespi (Friday, Sept. 27, 8:30 p.m. delayed, FSW). FSW confirmed that Mark Rogondino will call games with John Jackson this season, with Alex Curry and Rahshaun Haylock on the sidelines.
== Fox has Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci and reporter Ken Rosenthal on the Dodgers-Red Sox coverage from Dodger Stadium on Saturday (Channel 11, noon), going to 74 percent of the country. Dan Shulman has ESPN’s play-by-play for Sunday’s Dodgers-Red Sox game (5 p.m.) with analysts John Kruk and Curt Schilling with reporter Buster Olney. Schilling replaces Orel Hershiser, who is teammed with Nomar Garciaparra and Karl Ravech on the Little League World Series final (Sunday, noon, Channel 7). That broadcast team also does the U.S. title game (Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7), following the International title game (Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Channel 7).
== A somewhat provocative move by CBS Sports Network to add the first female to an NFL studio show — former Raiders CEO Amy Trask, joining the cast of something called “The Other Pregame Show” that airs four hours each morning on the cable network from 6 to 10 a.m. starting Sept. 8. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re compelled to tune in.
== Why Andy and Brian Kamenetzky continually prove they deserve their own show somewhere — maybe more than the Sklar brothers get to show their wit while on Jim Rome’s Showtime episodes — is on display again after their appearance on KPCC-FM (89.9) this week.
== Gabe Kapler, a new addition to the Fox Sports Live show, wrote this on Baseball Prospectus covering some of his growing up in the Valley playing baseball. (The link came from @craigcalcaterra, blogger-in-chief at Hardball Talk at NBCSports.com, who adds: “Gabe Kapler has the smartest take on PED speculation I’ve seen anywhere.”
== Robot sports writers? Yup, they’re still being considered.
== Why Fox Sports 2 was created? The National Women’s Soccer League has its playoffs covered live on the channel once known as FUEL starting Saturday — FC Kansas City vs. Portland at 11 a.m., and Western N.Y. vs. Sky Blue FC at 5 p.m.
== NBCSN altered its schedule of Premier League coverage by including the Southampton-Sunderland match, in order to give U.S. exposure to Sunderland striker and U.S. men’s national team player Jozy Altidore. The match airs on the cable network at 7 a.m. Saturday.